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Scientific writing in the social sciences

Prof. univ. dr. habil. Sergiu Bălţătescu

This is an introductory course in the topic of scientific writing and publication. The course aims to provide students with an applied view on bibliographic search and literature review, techniques and instruments of bibliographic search, structuring and writing a thesis. It includes practical work with computer software (text editors, note taking and bibliographic management).

Course content
C01. Introduction - originality and significance
C02. The production process of the thesis
C03-4. Bibliographic documentation and review of literature
C05. Literature review and citation. Mendeley: Install and tutorials. How-to-use-mendeley-a-step-by-step-guide
C06. Interactive reading and taking notes
C07. From focus statement to secondary statements
C08. Literature review - from structuration to writing
C09. Publication of a book review
C10. Elements of rhetoric and style

Requirements of credits 
1. Students are required to write a summary of their thesis (dissertation) in form of an essay that will answer the following questions (see Single, 2010, pp. 88-91):
  1. What is your dissertation project about?
  2. Why are you conducting this dissertation project?
  3. Why should anyone care about your subject (said in a very supportive  tone)? Can you tell me the big point?
  4. What is the big picture, the context or the conditions that make it important for you to pursue this topic?
  5. When you are finished with the project, what is the one point that you want to leave with your readers? Which three subpoints do you want to convey to your audience?
  6. Which theories or methodologies will you use to research your topic? Why is that the appropriate theory or method?
  7. What data, sources, texts, or objects are most appropriate for you to
  8. work with? Do you have access to them? Do you need to collect them?
  9. What will be the contribution or implications of your dissertation? How does this topic align with your professional mission and career goals?
Or: 
2. They have to write a book review in their field (see requirements for a book review on C09).


Bibliography/reading list

- Graff, Gerald, & Birkenstein, Cathy. (2014). "They say / I say": the moves that matter in academic writing.

- Jesson, Jill, Matheson, Lydia, & Lacey, Fiona M. (2011). Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, Calif.; London: SAGE.

- Lovitts, Barbara E., & Wert, Ellen L. (2009). Developing quality dissertations in the social sciences: a graduate student's guide to achieving excellence (1st ed.). Sterling, Va.: Stylus Pub.

- Single, Peg Boyle. (2010). Demystifying dissertation writing: a streamlined process from choice of topic to final text. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

- Wallwork, A. (2016). English for writing research papers. Springer International, ISBN 9783319260921

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